Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome back (again) and a Mexican Meatza recipe

This is a welcome back post as I finally got my sh*t together to update my blog again. I realized it has been over a year this time since I last posted. I'm nothing if not excellent at procrastination! (I actually wrote the draft of this post in March 2014 and am just getting around to posting it now. Whoops!) Now, this isn't just a post about how I'm bad at posting; it is also a recipe post!

I got the inspiration for this post from one of my favorite paleo bloggers, Melissa Joulwan. For the original recipe she created, go here. Now, I've posted recipes for meatzas before, and this is another one. What can I say, I love them, Rob loves them, they're easy crowd pleasers in our household. Okay, enough of my rambling, on to the recipe!

Monday, January 28, 2013

some thoughts on food i wrote a while ago

I have such a complex relationship with food, as I'm sure many others do as well. It's strange and yet completely logical that something which is such a basic need for survival should be a large part of my life. Growing up and even now, so much of my life is centered around food. Family gatherings are based around a meal, be it a summer BBQ, a holiday dinner or even cake and ice cream for a birthday. Food brings us together and can tear us apart. For instance, that same birthday cake which brought all our loved ones together to share joy and celebrate, probably left most of us feeling guilty for indulging in a sweet treat when we should be trying to cut back and lose weight.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I haven't forgotten I have a blog: Chicken Meatza Recipe

I realize that I haven't posted here in a while. I'm trying to make a come back. So I'm starting small and going to try to just build up a habit of posting some recipes I encounter that I end up enjoying. Unfortunately this is a new habit, so by the time I thought that it might be a good idea to take a pic of this meal, this is all that was left:
Figure 1: Empty plate, the meatza was that good. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Restaurant Review: Burgatory Bar

Rob and I have been trying to explore new (or new to us) restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. On this past Saturday, July 17th, Burgatory Bar was graced with our presence. To start off with, the restaurant is located in the Aspinwall neighborhood of Pittsburgh at the Waterworks Mall. This meant that there was a short drive (only about 10-15 min), but also ample parking, that was FREE. This was a big positive in my book as it can be quite difficult to find parking in Pittsburgh and often it is at meters, but I digress.

Since I was not my usual over-prepared self, we did not have reservations and had an hour wait. To be fair it was about 6:30PM on a Saturday night, so I wasn't surprised. I was however, pleasantly surprised by the waiting system they had set up. Their scheduling book was on an iPad and sent me texts to let me know my estimated wait, when my table was ready, and then post-meal a thank you text for visiting the restaurant. During our wait we decided to take a stroll around the mall, which is an outdoor strip mall. We used up about 20 min or so reading magazines in the neighboring Barnes & Noble and then perused the Wine & Spirits for any tempting buys (I did end up buying a few more bottle of my new favorite Alentejo).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wine Review: Sogrape Callabriga Alentejo

The Wine: Callabriga Alentejo
From the back label
Winery: Herdade do Peso
Maturation: Oak barrels 12 mo and bottle 6 mo
Tasting Notes: Red-violet colour. Intesnse ripe red fruit aroma. Full-bodied and smooth, displays excellent balance and elegance. Ages well for 2-3 year.
Food Pairing: Meat and soft cheeses.
14.5 % alc/vol.
Bottled by Sogrape Vinhos
Imported by Evanton, Inc. Stamford, CT.

Figure 1: Bottle opened and served in vintage cocktail glass.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Farmers' Market Haul

In my continuing quest to become more educated about the food I consume, I became interested in buying more fresh produce locally. I began looking for farmers' markets and discovered the website for Slow Food Pittsburgh. They offer a completely organic farmers' market every Saturday from 9AM-1PM known as the Farmers@Firehouse due to its location at The Firehouse Lounge in the Strip.

The weekend is a more flexible time for me to get my shopping done, since I work long hours during the week and can't make it to most farmers' markets as they seem to be during the afternoon on weekdays. In addition to the convenient time, I was also attracted to the fact that this farmers' market offered only organic produce.

Enough chit-chat, let's get to the goods. Here was my haul (Figure 1) for this week:  hens' eggs, proscuitto and Crested Duck black hawaiian sea salt from The Farmer's Wife; kale, swiss chard and zucchini from Mott Family Farm; hydroponic tomatoes from Pucker Brush Farm out of Shelocta, PA; quails' eggs from Blackberry Meadows; and spring onions, broccoli and peas from Blue Goose Farm.
Figure 1: Organic produce from Farmers@Firehouse on July 9, 2011.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Article for CMU Biology Newsletter


I recently wrote an article for the CMU Biology Department newsletter. You can read the whole newsletter here : http://www.cmu.edu/bio/resources/promoter/images/promoter2011.pdf


But here's my article: